Disasters & Accidents

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Fire crews responded to a fire Friday afternoon south of Cottage Grove that was visible from I-5 and resulted in a southbound lane closure at milepost 167.

A broken water main at the intersection of East Broadway and Hilyard Street in Eugene will severely restrict traffic movements at the intersection.

Chriss Haight Pagani / Flickr.com

Animal welfare advocates are trying to save hundreds of cats on a rural homestead in Lane County. 

Oregon Department of Forestry / ODF

People are being warned away from the Howard Buford Recreation Area – also known as Mount Pisgah - due to a wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon.

Bend Fire Department

On Friday afternoon, the Bend Fire Department responded to a report of a car on fire which was parked in a residential driveway.


Updated, Tuesday 6:30 A.M.: the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville is 65 percent contained as of Monday evening. It's burned more than 13,000 acres.

Milepost 97 Fire Facebook page

UPDATED 8/5/19, 6:30am: Fire officials report 55% containment.

Original story: The Milepost 97 Fire is now 50% contained. Crews continue to make progress along the fire’s edge, using both air and ground resources.

Alan McGuire-Dale

The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville, is now 45% contained due to favorable weather conditions and fire crews working around the clock. 

Milepost 97 Fire Facebook page

With hotter, drier weather arriving this weekend, fire crews in Douglas County are making progress on the Milepost 97 fire. The blaze is one mile south of Canyonville.

Douglas Fire Protective Association

The Milepost 97 fire, near Canyonville, has grown to more than 12,588 acres. As of Wednesday morning, it was 25% contained.

Milepost 97 Fire on Facebook

UPDATED 8:30 A.M. Tuesday: the Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville has grown to more than 12,336 acres. As of Tuesday morning, it was 15 percent contained.

Kyle Reed / Douglas Forest Protective Association

Douglas County residents heard from fire officials battling the Milepost 97 fire at a community meeting at Glendale High School on Sunday night. Attendees were briefed on the progress that’s been made as well as the next plan of attack to bring the more than 11-thousand-acre blaze under control.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Strong winds, high temperatures, and low humidity contributed to another active day for the Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville on Saturday.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Douglas County Sherriff's Office, in conjunction with fire managers, has upgraded the earlier evacuation orders from Level 1, "BE READY", to Level 2 "GET SET" evacuation notices for all residences on the west side of the freeway between Interstate mileposts 88-83. This includes: 

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville continues to grow, and as of Saturday morning had burned just under 9,000 acres.


UPDATE: Please see below for additional evacuation notices issued Friday, July 26 at 8:35pm.

A fire outside Canyonville called the Milepost 97 Fire has now grown from 80 to 6,000 acres since the last official report.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

A fire that broke out Wednesday night one mile southeast of Canyonville has grown to approximately 80 acres.

Andres Rodriguez; Nodigio; Elias Levy / Flickr.com

Starting this weekend on cable TV, “Shark Week” will likely captivate -and terrify- audiences. But an Oregon company says forget JAWS in the ocean…PAWS in the workplace is a greater menace.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Progress on what’s billed as one of the first “vertical evacuation” sites in the U.S. is proceeding steadily. KLCC’s Brian Bull gives an update on Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Building in Newport.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

A new Oregon law that relaxes rules against building schools, hospitals and fire stations in tsunami zones prompted a backlash Tuesday at a meeting of seismic experts in Salem.

House Bill 3309 removes a nearly 25-year-old requirement that gives Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries the right to deny construction of so-called “essential facilities” in coastal areas that are prone to deadly tsunamis.

Oregon State Police / OSP

The Mayor of Newport has been released from the hospital with minor injuries after crashing his plane yesterday.

Douglas County Fire District No. 2

Fire crews were able to quickly contain and snuff out a fire at the Roseburg Landfill on Sunday. The fire was reported by multiple passersby on I-5 seeing black smoke coming from the area behind the dump. The fire was burning in garbage on the upper portion of the landfill. Firefighters kept the blaze to about a quarter acre.

Douglas County Fire District No.2 responded to this incident with 1 brush rig, 1 fire engine, 1 water tender, and 1 command unit. They were assisted by DFPA, Douglas County Public works, and Douglas County sheriff’s office.

Douglas Fire Protective Association

Crews got help from cooler temperatures and rain showers in fighting the Days Coffee Fire yesterday.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Wednesday’s lightning storm sparked several fires in Douglas County. 

Douglas Forest Protective Association

A fast moving fire burned two acres of grass northeast of Oakland Tuesday afternoon.

Karen Richards

Prescribed fire is one of the best tools to help prevent major blazes and help restore forest health. And many say we need more prescribed fire, not less. New smoke management rules in Oregon are aimed at changing that. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with OPB's Jes Burns about how the new rules are shifting the dynamic.

Unknown/Brian Bull / KLCC

Heavy winter storms damaged structures at the Oregon Country Fair site in Veneta this year. And KLCC’s own booth is no exception.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Tuesday marked the official start of the Douglas Forest Protective Association’s fire season.  Backyard debris burning is now banned within the 1.6 million acres in Douglas County covered by the DFPA.  

Bruce Fingerhood / KLCC

The newly-passed Disaster Relief Bill is headed to President Trump’s desk.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, $11 million has been set aside for hazelnut farmers affected by storms in 2018 and 2019.

Jesse Berger / Lane County Public Works

A landfill south of Eugene saw two fires just days apart, recently. Officials aren’t sure of the cause, but suspect lithium batteries are the likeliest culprits.